TSSG at First FIWARE Summit in Málaga

James Clarke of the TSSG group of Waterford Institute of Technology played a key role in the organisation of a panel session on global cooperation for the 1st annual FIWARE Summit held 13-15th December, 2016 in Málaga, Spain.

fiwareThe first FIWARE Summit kick started a new stage for the open community of developers, users, companies, cities, accelerators, researchers, public authorities and non-profit organizations in a 3-day event.

The theme of the Summit was “FIWARE is Moving Forward, Going Global; Together, we build FIWARE!”

Due to his work in coordinating the EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project, in which one of the created Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnerships is on bringing FIWARE to the India context, Mr. Clarke was invited to join the newly established FIWARE Foundation, which was formally registered on October 28th, 2016, with headquarters in Berlin, aimed at supporting the continued growth of FIWARE, the open source platform called to become the de-facto standard for development of IoT-enabled smart services. In addition, Mr. Clarke was also invited to a newly established FIWARE Mundus Committee, the element of FIWARE looking after the global reach of FIWARE

In the organisation phase of the FIWARE Summit over the last months, Mr. Clarke was asked to identify a speaker from India with experience in FIWARE for a panel session entitled Going Global: The FIWARE Mundus programme.

In the panel session, the FI-MEDIA project was praised for bringing this Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnership on FIWARE to India and the C2C was represented by Mr. Ajith Balakumar of Forthcode Technologies, a start-up company based in Bangalore, India. Forthcode Technologies has developed a smart city demonstrator for the city of Eindhoven, Netherlands, based on FIWARE. The experience of replacing a proprietary system with FIWARE was recounted and it was carried out in a short period of 2 months, due to the modularity of FIWARE and the user interface was also developed by Forthcode Technologies. Accroding to Mr. Balakumar, “This demonstrator was very much appreciated by the city council and discussions are ongoing to take it to the next level”.

During the session, Mr. Balakumar compared FIWARE to an operating system, “whereas you don’t have to worry about the nuts and bolts of how it works. You can just connect IoT sensors and controllers and define rules in the Rule engine to go live quickly. Without FIWARE, I would have to put 20-30 people working on the various components, IoT device manager, rule engine, big data integration, etc.”, stated Mr. Balakumar.

Forthcode Technologies is also working on a FIWARE based system in Kerala in South India to improve quality of services in terms of water supply and street lighting in villages. ”If this project goes ahead, 1,900+ villages will be connected to the FIWARE platform”, according to Mr. Balakumar.

Mr. Balakumar concluded by thanking the EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project, which is funded by the Delegation of the European Union to India, and the FIWARE Mundus programme for enabling this important networking activity at the FIWARE summit, which enabled him to “network with the larger FIWARE community to find other FIWARE related applications and services and even source IoT components, including low cost sensors, that could be brought into the India context on mass scale”. fiware-logo

Other distinguished panellists in the session were from the USA, Japan, Mexico, Spain, France and Morocco. The panellists exchanged experiences and willingness to cooperate globally on sharing best practices and lessons learned in their activities.

For more information on the EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project, see the news item here

E5,000 Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher First call for 2017

innovation callThe first Enterprise Ireland Innovation voucher call for 2017 opens on Wednesday January 18th and closes on Wednesday 1st February, at 3pm.

This innovation voucher was developed to build links between Ireland’s public knowledge providers such as TSSG and small businesses to encourage them to work with Irish research institutes. Companies can access expertise and resources to develop new and improve products, processes, services and generate new knowledge and know-how. The participating company benefits in terms of its growth, evolution of its strategic research & development and the creation of new knowledge that it can use to generate commercial advantage.

TSSG are currently assisting companies in application writing and registering for this call and if you would like to receive more information on the Innovation Voucher initiative, please visit Enterprise Ireland website or contact us by emailing .  Please note you do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland, nor have an Enterprise Ireland Development Adviser, to apply for a voucher.


Kilkenny Professor Willie Donnelly appointed President of WIT


Pic. Prof. Willie Donnelly, President, W.I.T.

Kilkenny resident Professor Willie Donnelly has been appointed Professor of Waterford Insitute of Technology – and one of his objectives will be working towards a technological university for the South East.

The governing body of WIT appointed Professor Donnelly as the President of the Institute at a meeting on Thursday.

Professor Donnelly who lives in Springfields, Kilkenny with wife Manuelle is originally from Newbridge, Co Kildare. His son Yann was educated in Kilkenny Schools Project and Kilkenny College.

Prior to his 2015 appointment as interim President Professor Donnelly was Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies at WIT as well as Director and founder of the Telecommunications Software and Systems Group (TSSG), an internationally-renowned mobile services and communications management research centre. He established WIT’s ArcLabs Research & Innovation Centre in St Kieran’s, Kilkenny and is working with the regional stakeholders to create a global smart agriculture centre for Kilkenny.

Speaking about the appointment, Mr Dick Langford, WIT Chairman, on behalf of the Governing Body welcomed Prof Donnelly’s appointment at what is a critical juncture in the Institute’s evolution.

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Pharma safe waste disposal software to be a game changer

Pictured at TSSG are Catherine Cunniffe - Verification & Validation Manager, TSSG and Kevin Walsh, Director, Aphex

Pictured at TSSG are Catherine Cunniffe – Verification & Validation Manager, TSSG and Kevin Walsh, Director, Aphex

Research at TSSG undertaken with Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers brings Waterford firm closer to launching hazardous waste disposal technology

Two entrepreneurial Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) graduates have driven forward their engineering consultancy by collaborating with researchers at their alma mater.

Founded in 2012, Waterford-based Aphex is the brainwave of co-founders and WIT graduates Waterford native Kevin Walsh (BSc (Hons) Pharmaceutical Science graduate) and Kilkenny man Martin Malone (BSc (Hons) Computer Aided Manufacturing graduate). WIT’s Telecommunications, Software & Systems Group (TSSG) recently collaborated with the company on developing revolutionary software for safe disposal of chemical waste for the pharmaceutical industry.

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Pilot projects show how VR will revolutionize education


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A research report recently published in China entitled “The Impact of VR on Academic Performance,” asserts that virtual reality improves student test scores and knowledge retention. VR-based learning also tends to leave no student behind since it is able to appeal to even the least responsive of users, the report states.

The study, which compared test performance of students who had learned a stubject via VR versus students who had learned by traditional means, suggests that VR could the secret sauce to learning that teachers have been dreaming about for years.

I can’t vouch for the credibility of the study. It’s unclear whether the companies that sponsored it — Beijing Bluefocus and Beijing iBokan Wisdom Mobile Internet Technology Training Institutions — have a vested interest in the VR space. But we’re hearing similar things from a couple of companies in Europe.

Last week, HTC aired the latest episode of its This is Real series, featuring a visit to the offices of Immersive VR Education, a two-year old startup based in the Viking city of Waterford, Ireland, a 90-minute drive from Dublin. The company makes Engage, a platform that changes the scope, scale, and substance of what distance learning can offer lecturers and students from all around the world when VR is brought into play.

“It’s not just something that’s a bit different. This is a new medium. It’s not what we’ve been traditionally doing,” David Whelan, CEO at Immersive VR Education, says at the start of the episode.

Engage is free, and lecturers and presenters can use it to rally up to 30 users into a single session. It can be used simply as the “PowerPoint for VR,” as a tool for conducting meetings, or for anything, really, that allows users to express and share ideas and collaborate in real time at the depth of digital experience only VR can offer. A teacher reading aloud from a textbook about prehistoric vegetation to a class of 20 can suddenly teleport everyone to a great grassy plain crowded with irate dinosaurs.

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